|Type||H - High priority request|
|Quantity||SIG - Cross section|
|Incident energy||20 eV - 25 keV|
|Subfield||Fast and Thermal Reactors|
|Latest review date||16-May-2018|
Prof. Massimo SALVATORES at CADARACHE, FR
Design phases of selected reactor and fuel cycle concepts require improved data and methods in order to reduce margins for both economical and safety reasons. A first indicative nuclear data target accuracy assessment was made within WPEC Subgroup 26 (SG-26). The assessment indicated a list of nuclear data priorities for each of the systems considered (ABTR, SFR, EPR, GFR, LFR, ADMAB, VHTR, EPR). These nuclear data priorities should all be addressed to meet target accuracy requirements for the integral parameters characterizing those systems (see the accompanying requests originating from SG-26).
Target accuracies are specified per system and per energy group when they are not met by the BOLNA estimate of the current (initial) uncertainties. The weighting factor λ is explained in detail in the accompanying document. Changes from the reference value of λ=1 show the the possible allowance for other target uncertainties. Two cases (A and B) are distinguished for λ≠1 (see Table 24 of the report).
|Energy Range||Initial versus target uncertainties (%)|
|9.12 - 24.8 keV||9||3||2||2||4||3||3||3||2||2||1||2||2||5||4|
|2.03 - 9.12 keV||3||1||1|
|22.6 - 454 eV||2||1||1||1||1|
1. OECD/NEA WPEC Subgroup 26 Final Report: "Uncertainty and Target Accuracy Assessment for Innovative Systems Using Recent Covariance Data Evaluations" (link to WPEC Subgroup 26 Report in PDF format, 6 Mb).
2. OECD/NEA WPEC Subgroup 7 (SG-7) Final Report: "Nuclear data standards" (link to WPEC Subgroup 7 Report in PDF format, 450kb).
Comment from requester
Given the present state of knowledge the above target accuracies are very tight. However, any attempt that significantly contributes to reducing the present accuracy for this quantity is strongly encouraged. Any such attempt will significantly enhance the accuracy with which reactor integral parameters may be estimated and will therefore impact economic and safety margins.
In this particular case high accuracy is required throughout the energy range. Only the groups shown above have initial uncertainties larger than the target uncertainties. The low initial uncertainty is a result of the standards evaluation (see SG-7 report above). Concerns have been raised that despite the excellent efforts of this subgroup an independent check is in order to verify the present view on required corrections to experimental work for the unresolved resonance range.
Completed (as of SG-C review of May 2018) - New time-of-flight measurements have been performed worldwide, e.g., at LANSCE [Ullmann:2014], JRC-Geel [Kim:2016] and n_TOF [Mingrone:2017;Wright:2017]. These experimental data have been used in the CIELO evaluation [Sirakov:2017,Capote:2018] and for the evaluation of the standards [Carlson:2018]. The CIELO evaluated data have been adopted in ENDF/B-VIII.0 and JEFF-3.3; the evaluated uncertainties match the requested accuracy.
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